Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Brett Favre, Colt McCoy, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Jimmy Clausen, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan, Michael Vick, NFLShop.com, Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, Sam Bradford, Sports Business Daily, Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, Tony Romo
Brett Favre remains leader of the pack, even if he is playing quarterback for the Vikings instead of Green Bay.
There are plenty of interesting aspects of the list, which is from the time period of April 1, 2009 – January 3, 2010, but I want to focus under center.
As I noted earlier, Favre holds the top spot with his Vikings #4 jersey. Signal callers account for 14 of the top 25, while only 2 defensive players make the cut (Pittsburgh’s safety Troy Polamalu all the way up at number 2 and Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware sneaks in at 25).
The top 10 includes the popular veterans: Favre, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. No big surprises.
The remaining 15 rankings are well populated by younger QB’s who have found success on the field early in their career, and especially now that they have led teams to the 2009-2010 NFL playoffs. Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers, rookie Mark Sanchez with the Jets (who won their playoff opener yesterday), Joe Flacco of the Ravens and San Diego’s Phillip Rivers.
One more quarterback who made the playoffs, even if he wasn’t the guy to lead the offense for most of the season, is Michael Vick from the Eagles. I find this to be incredibly interesting. Are these fans of his from Atlanta showing support? Are they Eagles fans that are happy he’s there and expect him to stick around and contribute? Jerseys are expensive investments for fans, so it blows me away people are willing to pay for a Vick Eagles jersey when he has a short term contract. Oh well, now that their season is over, maybe these people expect some major changes at quarterback for the birds.
He just missed the playoffs this year, but Matt Ryan is also in the top 25. He took the Falcons to the playoffs as a rookie last year, and even though the team was hit pretty hard by the injury bug, still managed to usher a 9-7 season, providing the first back-to-back winning seasons in Falcons history.
What does all of this show?
Fans love their quarterbacks, or more importantly, their winning quarterbacks. A team that plucks one of these franchise faces not only stands to win on the field but also in the merchandise department.
This makes the 2010 NFL Draft that much more interesting, especially with Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen and Tim Tebow. It’s crazy to think some people are suggesting Tebow to Jacksonville can “save” the financially battling Jaguars, even if he’s not the best quarterback available.
The Rams are on the clock for the Draft, and Reebok and the rest of the merchandisers are ready.